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Last Week in Pictures

For some reason we did not take many pictures last week, I don’t know that happened.

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November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our life.

                Monday was windy and warm for November. The corn field was done being harvested, so it is time to move the cows over, and work them. They are ready to go. We had email on Shi Monday morning, then a Facebook message asking if he could stop by, so Toni thought she had two people coming, but it was one. I did not know she had been talking on the phone with someone and thought it was all the same group.  The guy looking came in a semi, but it was all good. Toni just brought him through the double gates on Hendricks. The only confusion was that the horses in the pasture thought the semi should be hauling hay so were surrounding it and had to be asked to move when he was ready to go. Kade had basketball practice after school. Jaxsen got to help with chores before he left, and told his mom that Kaine and Anna let him get hurt. I said I did not know how him running face first into a gate was a someone else issue. LOL Gen Again left on Monday, and headed to Oklahoma. His shipper was a little late getting there due to the high winds, but Gen loaded great in the dark. Anna’s club calf heifers from CA got here after dark, they actually got to Connell, and then Ben and Anna went and got them after chores. So we had a pretty busy Monday. None of us got home very early. Luckily we are getting used to the dark and have all dug out our headlights.

Late Monday night our great uncle Don lost his battle with cancer. He got pneumonia late last week, and due to his already weakened immune system he was not able to fight it off. Don was 87 years old. Don was a great uncle and we all miss him.  We have been very blessed to have such a tight knit family, growing up our great uncles and great aunts were just another set of grandparents. Our second cousins were just another set of cousins. Uncle Don lived in Hermiston so we were able to see him pretty frequently. We are thankful for the time we had with him.

 Tuesday morning Kaine went with Kelten before school to lift weights. The kids are all growing up way too fast. I told Toni I wanted a ragdoll kitten from Marcy for my birthday. She told me I have too many cats…. She found it extremely amusing. She is just so funny. She may have gotten me one, but the $300 cost (which is cheap for this type of cat) was just too much for her. The bus has been getting the kids home late, they switched the route around so they are the first ones on and last ones off, or something like that?? So they have not had enough time to get chores done before dark. We are really looking forward to Anna getting her license on Thursday and being able to drive everyone so they get home an hr earlier.  Frank and Susie are in getting halter broke, but being Double babies, that was basically done when they were born. Toni is getting to have an easy week.

Wednesday morning was brisk, but it was a sunny day. Kaine and Kelten went and lifted weights early in the morning again. Toni did her chores early, Kade had a basketball game after school. Frank followed Toni into the shed during his walk about Wednesday, I guess he was just going to help himself to the feed. He is quite the character.

  Happy 16th Birthday Anna! Thursday morning Ben took Anna to Moses Lake to get her driver’s license. I am not old enough for this. They then went out to eat and dallied around, so she never made it to school, but you only turn 16 once. However, as a fun birthday treat they built fence in the corn field for the afternoon. Kade had another basketball game, they won Wednesday and lost on Thursday, but he played great both days. Anna wanted chicken teriyaki for dinner, so I had uber eats drop it off at work. And Door Dash brought burgers for the rest of us.

We had lost another member of our family on Thursday, Ben’s brother’s wife, Trisha Gail, passed away. Trisha and Chad lived in Hermiston about 15 years ago and worked for Uncle Don and his twin brother, Uncle Doug. So we used to get to see them frequently, and in more recent years just annually, or biannually, depending how frequently we got to make a run down there. We all grew close with them and kids when they lived up here.   

Happy Birthday Toni. Anna got to drive to school for the first time, exciting. Toni did not get to do anything new with her new age. I took Lynn into Sheena to get an ultrasound. No puppies, so we are all sad about that.  Then Whitney and I took Anna and friends to Richland for nails and dinner. The boys did chores, Toni helped even though she was supposed to take the day off for her birthday.  She did go out and ride her horse for a bit alone and have some quiet time. She is in the middle of working on a bankruptcy motion, so really just had a normal day. Benjamina and Kit Kat came in and started halter breaking.  Benjamina is a power house, but is super smart. Kit Kat is out of Leroy and Izzy, so she is a Double Leroy combo which has been really good. Toni is trying to claim that Kit Kat is one of hers.

Saturday we worked cows and turned them out on the cornstalks. Pintos came and got Slugger in the morning, it was foggy most of the way for them. Brock and Renee came and looked at Shi in the afternoon and bought her. We now only have a few weanlings for sale, and Jackpot. Jaxsen had basketball in Moses all afternoon.  Kade got a mild concussion at bb on Friday so had to rest all day Saturday with Mom. Toni, Kicker, and Jax got to go to Michael’s Bistro for dinner Saturday night between the bb games. Jax was the starting center for the second game as the tallest kid, Sam, wasn’t there and Jax is the second tallest. Even though we think he is small, he is actually tall for his age.

We also started calving on Saturday. The Hereford bull calf is a few weeks early, but is doing ok. He is living in the barn with his mom. She is a really good cow, but is a dog hater, so we have to be really careful around her to keep the dogs out. This bull calf is an AI calf.

  Anna, Kaine, Ben and I finished up the cows, heifers we bought and steers we bought on Sunday. We weaned the three summer calves and turned the bulls out into circle 4. We had the big party Sunday at noon for Toni, Coco and Anna. Mom and I gave Toni some custom Hey Dudes with Rocky on one side and Dude on the other. They are really cool. After lunch we wormed the riding horses and turned them out into the corn field with the cows. We moved Gunner down by the house and put the three old horses at my house in his pen, Cad, Shimmer and Cleo. Toni came down and we hauled Tuilp and Dream Truffle (the mini filly the kids are keeping) to moms, and put three heifers in the back of the little 4 horse trailer to haul down with the other weanling calves.  Lightening Bug still has a bad leg, but we turned her out with the weanlings to get her out of the mud. We are still hopeful to see her improve.

We were pretty excited that we got the papers on our little bay colt. We had bought Shorty bred with an understanding of who she was bred to. The DNA came back she was bred to a different stud- LW Playguns Diamond. AQHA has been really great to us and helped us work through this to get papers for him. He is a super well bred colt with Young Gun, Freckles Playboy ,  Fanta Lena, and much more. The colt is named KT Ima Freckled Son if anyone is interested in a really well-bred bay colt. We also have the last Colonel colt left out of Blue. He is priced a touch high, but that is because we think he is worth it. He is one of those just really cool colts that is going to be easy to break, but still have some style. Other than that we are down to fillies that are actually priced high because we don’t care if they sell.  They are the fillies that we would like to keep, know we can’t keep them all, so priced accordingly.  As always, we welcome visitors if anyone wants to come look at the foals.  If anyone wants to look at horses for the next 12 months, then you are in luck, you can buy a calendar and enjoy a stunning new picture each month of these beautiful horses. Contact me at ktranch@gmail.com if you want a calendar.

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November: the last month of autumn, but the beginning of new adventures.

Monday morning bright and early Rog headed to TX, the shipper called Sunday and wanted to pick her up, but we asked her to wait because we were still at the show on Sunday. Rog loaded up a ramp into side load trailer like a pro and headed to TX. The shipper was on time which a lot of them are not. Rog has been a mini me of Leroy, and game for just about anything. We are really going to miss her. Her not brother that had been living with her, since he is headed to Oklahoma any day, was also sad to see her go. Poor Gen again aka Fat Buddy. We brought Ram, one of Fat Buddy’s other “brothers” in to get halter broke and be Fatty’s friend for a week. Kaine and Anna cleaned all of the tack out of the trailer Monday night and cleaned out the barn. Kade had basketball after school. Jaxsen had basketball practice, Toni took him.  Dad went to Lewiston to get some oats. Ben and Toni unloaded them then did chores. Ben and Kicker fed the cows and checked duck ponds.

Tuesday, what happened Tuesday?  Well Dad still had my pick-up from taking it to Lewiston for oats. So he decided to drive it around while he had it. Toni thought that was pretty funny so took a picture and sent it to me, so she ratted him out.  Lightning Bug somehow got super lame on her back leg, could be in her hip, unclear. There is nothing we can see. So she is in the roundpen getting care, and under close watch. Ram and Fatty are still getting worked on. Ram got tied up for the first time and did great. Ram is out of Sagebug and Reba, a Colonel daughter. We were very upset when he was born because he is a colt not a filly. We would have kept him too if he had been a filly. He is amazing minded and has a really cool dun roan color. Toni was feeling a bit ill, so she hasn’t been making us build fence, so that is nice.

Wednesday Coco rolled in from CA. She is going to take her mare, Money, and her foal, Penny, back to CA. Coco is pregnant with a little girl, so Toni spent most of Tuesday trying to convince Coco to name her guardian if her and Jake both die.  Toni would also like the baby to be born with red hair.  Ram and Fat Buddy got some exposure to Coco to help with any stranger danger they might have. Fatty has none, but it is still good for him to be exposed to new people.   Anna and Kaine got home and set up the giant dog crate to haul the mini down to Andee. We got packed to go and packed up the pickup.

Thursday was Veterans Day. We live in the greatest country in the world. Thank you, Veterans, for all you’re doing to help keep it that way!  Ben, Anna, Kaine and I drove to SE Idaho to spend the weekend with the Geddes family. We had a great time hanging out and playing card games. It was great seeing everyone.  Katie and Alvina came out to pick out Alvina’s new project foal. They were between Blue Starlight and Memphis. Memphis really took to Alvina so she made the choice easy. We are really excited for Alvina to have a Leroy foal out of a Double daughter, under Katie’s supervision.  We were all hoping Alvina would love Memphis. Toni showed Memphis’ granddam, Porche, for many years doing anything and everything with her, so we are hopeful that this will be a good fit. Marlo came out to house sit and help with chores. We are in one of our busier times because all of the livestock needs to be fed as we are out of pasture, so it takes all of us to get chores done each night. Marlo helped Toni, so Fat Buddy and Ram got more exposure to strangers. Marlo helped lead them and work on them. Fat Buddy has to wear a fly mask when he goes with his shipper, so that came in the mail and they worked on getting him used to the mask. It wasn’t big enough, but luckily mom could add some velcro to make it fit, so all was not lost.  Toni and Kicker fed the cows in the dark, in the mud, so I am sure that was fun. 

Toni is filling in the rest since I have no idea what happened. Yea, I have a great post going here. Toni, Leslie, and Dad went to the WCA convention early Friday morning. Toni was speaking at the Washington Cattlewomen’s annual meeting and had to host her meeting with co-committee chair, Nancy Belsby, for Water and Ecology.  There was a really good turnout and lots of good discussion on issues with DOE, water, Wotus, and various other subjects.  Mom called when they were at the convention and said the horses were out, so they headed home. Marlo and Coco helped get the horses in and fix the fence. This is the same fence we are working on replacing, so that just made Toni want to get back to fencing. Chores were the same, work on horses, feed horses, check everything, feed cattle, check water, look for anything sick, injured, lame (cows and horses). Kicker had to check duck ponds for the hunters.

Saturday Kicker and Kade went bird hunting, after feeding in the morning that is. They got home in time to go with Toni and Jaxsen to Jax’s basketball tournament. Kick and Kade stayed for one game then went out passed Moses Lake to get some equipment Kicker had bought in an auction. Jax had a great couple of games and his team finally had their first win. To celebrate Toni and Jax went to DQ and got blizzards on their way home.  Once home, everyone went separate ways to get chores done in an effort to try to beat the darkness.  Toni and Kade fed the mares in the corral in hopes that they could get them in easier on Sunday.  Then off to regular chores.

Sunday Kick and Kade went hunting again. Toni and Jax went down to load Ram out for his move to Klamath Falls. The wind started howling about 3 am Sunday morning. Ram was perfect. The buyers had trouble with their normal trailer so brought a 2 horse with a small door to get into, but Ram took his time, and eventually loaded allowing his new owners to hit the road.  Toni went and pushed Frank in, haltered him, dewormed him, worked on him for 10 seconds, then led him across the drive-way so he could live with Fat Buddy and get halter broke.  Frank is out of Rosie and Double and just a wonderful colt.  He is going to move to California in December with his new owner.  Then she caught Abs, and her and dad moved Abs into the old mare pen, and moved Rosie and Blackie back out into the big pasture. After lunch, Toni, Coco, Kade, and Jaxsen went and got the whole broodmare herd in, sorted, dewormed those that were staying down there, sorted out the pairs that were down there, hauled all the pairs home, hauled Jag home, weaned 2 foals, moved Money and Penny, dewormed the stuff that came home, turned mares out, moved 2 mares back out to the broodmare band, then started chores.  Toni was headed home to start dinner about the time we got home from Idaho. It was dark. It gets dark so early it is hard to get enough done during the day. We came back to massive winds that will dry out the mud and make life a bit easier. But man the wind is bad when it is howling. Gusts up to 50 mph the weatherman said.  Luckily our drive home from Idaho went well.

We are always busy on the ranch, but making time for family is a priority. I am glad we got to go see Ben’s family. The kids all are growing like weeds so they are really changing between visits.  Just like the calves and the horses, you don’t see them for a week or a few days and they really change.  We are down to our last couple of colts for sale, Blue Starlight, the last Colonel colt, and Ima Freckled Son- this colt is unregistered and will not be able to be registered with the AQHA. Both are nice colts and ready to go if anyone is looking for a foal. We also have a couple of fillies with prices on them that we don’t really want to sell. But they have a price if you have to have them. Also, we have our annual calendars for 2022 for $25.

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Last Week in Pictures

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We have come to the realization that this year TJ Sheppard’s song, “I Love them Everyone”

We have come to the realization that this year TJ Sheppard’s song, “I Love them Everyone,” refers to our foals, Big, Little, short or tall, I wish I coulda kept them all. Every time we halter break a new one we have said, “I am glad this one is sold, I want to keep it.” But we are like that most years. It is really a positive that we like our foals that much, but it makes it hard to sell them.

Monday Toni had court first thing, then her and Jeannie took King and Tank to Jordan’s, King for a riding refresher and Tank to be started. They picked up Jeanie and Josslin’s mares and brought them back. FYI, Tank had never left the ranch before and only been in a trailer one time to go to Toni’s house. So he was doing great, even though Rick and John were messing with the irrigation circle when Toni was trying to load him by herself without any grain. Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen had football practice, so Toni ran Jaxsen back in, Kaine and Kade’s was after their Jr High practice. Toni, Anna and I worked on the foals. We tied Spark to Tulip, Toni and Anna worked on Ivy and Gunz, I led Roger for a bit and then tied her up. I led Peter Pan for a bit, and then Toni loaded him in the trailer along with Gunz to get them ready to leave this week. Then I went and picked the boys up and ran a check out to Grandmas for Joe to take to James Bright when he picks up the steers.

Toni had to go to court again on Tuesday, this is a crazy court week for her. She had to actually go in person.  Peter Pan was supposed to leave at noon, so Toni should have had enough time to go home and change out of her court attire before loading Peter Pan, but the people were early. Toni loaded Peter Pan, with the help of his new owner Sandra, in her suit. He loaded great and she only got a tiny bit dirty. The boys had a game in Mattawa, and it was moved up to 4. I went home and got Toni and we went to Mattawa for the game. Toni ran Jaxsen’s gear to mom and dads first so that Kicker could take him into practice. Anna and Jaxsen did chores, and then Anna went to do some stuff around our house and she made dinner. The game in Mattawa was good, we tied 6 to 6. Neither team had enough kids for 7 and 8 grade games, so we had mixed 7th and 8th grade teams.

Wednesday started out with Toni taking Spark in to get her travel papers, and she took Tulip as a chaperone. The gals at the vet clinic were pretty impressed with Tulip. They couldn’t believe we bought a “long ears.”  She said both did great. We continued halter breaking foals. Ben got done with harvest so will actually be home for his birthday for once. Yeah.

Thursday was Ben’s birthday, Happy Birthday Ben, he was the big 45.  Brita and Austin came to get Ivy.  They had just gotten married on Tuesday so we gave them a basket of goodies along with their horse. We have known Brita and Austin for a few years now and have enjoyed getting to know them. Ivy loaded like a champ out in the middle of the driveway, so she was sent on her way. Toni then moved Rog over with Gunz. I brought home dinner for Ben’s birthday. Jaxsen had a football game, they played well, it was in Connell.  Jaxsen had a fumble recovery that Mom and Toni got to see. I hear it was really cold at the game.

                Friday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I went to Ellensburg for the Evergreen Angus Sale. We went on Friday because I am on the Angus board and I had a meeting at 2:30, but I told Toni 2 so we would get there on time. We were three minutes early, and Toni did find out that the meeting was at 2:30 and called me a liar. She confiscated my sunglasses for the day as payment. I went to the meeting while Toni and the kids checked into the hotel, got fuel, and looked at all the heifers. We had quite a few marked in the catalog to look at. We need 2 more show heifers for the 2022 show season. Then we had the banquet on Friday night. We had a good time, sat with our Lyyski cousins, and we bought an apple pie made by Randy Kessler for dessert. We took lemon bars for the auction that mom made, but they sold too high for us to buy them for our dessert. Mom was worried they wouldn’t sell well but they sold too well so she needs to do a better job of making them look bad so we can afford them. The big drama was that we were supposed to bring 150 potatoes for the potato bar for lunch on Saturday that Toni left in her car. So if anyone in the Connell area needs potatoes, we have a bunch. Our good friend Cara came to the rescue and asked Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips for the potatoes which they so graciously donated to the Jr. Angus Association. So Cara and Tim’s Cascade saved the day. 

Saturday was the sale, we got up and went to breakfast with Lyyskis. The kids don’t know what to do without animals to take care of. So we hung out with Bobbette, Parker, Jill and Ryan until the sale. Our friend Sarah came over to visit us, which was really nice.  The kids picked out some heifers to buy.  We got two of them, and tried to get one more. And we got two for Adrian and Emmett. Ryan Cotton called us on the way home and we found out we also got two heifers at the Seldom Rest sale, so the kids are pretty excited. Now we just have to get them here from Michigan. We got home, unloaded the heifers and then went and did chores. Jaxsen had a game in Ephrata on Saturday, he played well.

Sunday we loaded out Gunz in the morning in the windiest windstorm we have had in 2021. Luckily Gunz is a great filly and didn’t let that bother her too bad. After we loaded her out we then had Ben’s birthday party.  We had to get our dry mares in, get one mare out of there to send to CA, so a lot of work for one mare since you have to get the whole pen in and sort them. We tried to just walk out and catch the mare we needed, but with the weather and their knowledge of our ways, none of the mares were going to let us catch them. We moved Spark over with Roger and put Nevada in with Dual Again. We tied Nevada to the donkey for 20 min or so. We got the six mares in at mom and dad’s and moved them down to the dry mare pen since their foals have been weaned a week. Then uncle Joe got home from Texas with the steers, so we ran over to Connell to get them and took him some cookies and a piece of Ben’s birthday cake.  He gave the birthday cake to grandma since it had coconut on it. The TX steers are a little on the small side, but once we get them on feed they should grow into their potential.

It has been a super busy, but exciting week at the ranch as we ship foals out to their new homes. It is sad to see them go, but so rewarding to see them with their new owners. This year was very interesting because we sold quite a few foals to new customers that bought the foals sight unseen off of the internet. It is nerve wracking to sell foals this way. Luckily everything has worked out so far, and we hope it continues. These are great foals and we love them, everyone!

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Monday we finally had some rain

Monday we finally had some rain, however, we had 4th cutting of hay down, so it could have waited a few days, or been a few days earlier. But who is going to complain about rain? Kaine had Jr High practice, however, Grid kids practice was canceled due to the rain. Toni, Anna and Kade tied No Foolin and Gunz to Tulip for halter breaking, and they worked on Sage and Chic. When I got there Tulip was pulling Gunz around and we worked on loading Pine and Peach in the rain.  Monday was one of those days that we had a bunch to get done, and rain, wind, or shine, we had to just power through. Night is coming earlier as fall makes its appearance, and that doesn’t help, but it is what it is. That is why we have headlamps that we can hook to our hats.

Tuesday Dad turned the big 76. Happy Birthday Dad. Toni and Kade took Pine into see Sheena to get his Coggins, brand, and health papers to travel, he did great. Toni let Kade practice driving the trailer at the house. At 1 Peach’s new owners came and took her home, she is the first foal to go. Toni and Kade moved Chic across the driveway to keep Piney company. Kade really likes Chic and would like to keep her, but we can’t keep them all, especially the ones we have already sold. Kaine had a Jr High football game Tuesday night, dad came to that for his birthday.

Wednesday halter breaking continues, Anna and Kade are down to their last few days of quarantine so they are really working on getting their steers halter broke for our Nov 6th show. They are also working on homework. Toni keeps putting Tulip on the foals, but this group is pretty awesome so Tulip isn’t really doing much with them. We are considering getting a second halter breaking donkey because of how great it has been.

                Thursday on their last day of quarantine, Toni, Anna and Kade ultrasounded mares with Allie. The news of the day was we having at least one Double baby next year, out of Yo, we were all ecstatic. He is getting pretty old. Also, our AI mares are on track and have good looking foals. Mom’s two project horses are also still on track, so she gets to keep babying them. We had a couple of open mares, but they weren’t shockers, disappointing, but not shocking.  Then Toni and the kids weaned Rog and Fortune, so two more in the weaning pen. The kids had lots of homework to do after to get done before school the next day. I redid the foal page on our website Thursday, take a look and let me know what you think if you have not yet.

Friday the kids were back in school, Anna missed most of homecoming week, but she did make it to purple and gold day, and she went all out in typical Anna fashion and wore a purple T shirt under a grey hoodie. Yep, we were all impressed. I took some videos of Pistol Pete and Benjaminia to put on the website. Then I rolled up wire and Marlo got there about half way through and helped me. The weeds were so tall around the corn field she got my Colorado high centered on a rock, so I walked back to the house and got Red and pulled it off. Then we went and did chores. The boys did not have football practice, but forgot to tell mom, so she did not pizza pockets done for them. So they had to wait for theirs. Then they rode their three year olds, and Kaine rode Friday, around the house.

Saturday was a busy day. We had Pine leave at around 7, then we moved the other three in the halter breaking pen across the road with Chic. Next we got our next victims in, Ivy, Peter Pan (again), Roger and Spark. We went home for a little bit, I uploaded the pics from Friday and Toni got Jaxsen going. Kicker and Kade went bird hunting on Saturday and then helped hunter Steve around the place. Kaine and Anna tied up the steers and heifers. Toni and I went back down to moms and got the mares in and started hauling mars out. We hauled 13 out on Saturday, Uncle Skip showed up and helped us for a good few hrs. At noon I took Anna up to Tennelle’s house so she could do her hair for homecoming. Then I went and picked her up at 1:30 and took her to Edie’s house where all of the girls were getting ready. Kaine went down and helped Toni finish up as I ran Anna around and did chores. Toni and Kaine weaned another couple of foals. Then we all went home and got ready. Toni took the boys into the football game, I went back to Edie’s house to get pics of the kids going to Homecoming. Then I went to Connell to meet with Toni, mom, dad, Ben, Kicker, Jaxse, Julian, Ady, Leslie and Whitney to watch the boys play. We got stomped.

Sunday Toni, Kade and I loaded out three foals in the morning. Then we moved Ivy over to be with Gunz so she wasn’t alone. Kaine and Anna caught the steers while we were gone and then Ben and Kaine went to Moses Lake to get Kaine’s hunting license. I took Kade home and then him and Anna worked with the steers for a bit and then he went with his dad to Moses to go shooting. I moved the horses from 4 into 5 with the other 13 we brought down. And then I moved the cows into 4. Anna went and helped me for 30 min or so, I made her chase the heifers that were out through the alfalfa field.  Then the people that bought Linda the mini filly showed up and got her and we sent then with a cat too. Toni was down showing people the foals we have left. Next we met Toni at mom and dads to start haltering foals. Ben and Kaine got home and they doctored a few bad eyed bulls.  We got halters on the new foals we have in and got all of the horses moved around for the coming week.

                We still have a few foals left for sale. It is always interesting to see which foals sell quickly and which don’t. We would say that all of our foals are really nice, so just because they are left doesn’t mean they lack for quality or have something wrong with them.  Their person just hasn’t come along yet. What really gets hard is when we start halter breaking the ones that haven’t sold, then we decide we need to keep those. We have quite a few this year marked to keep, so if anyone wants to come see what we have, please do.

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Fall means shipping foals, cattle sales, football and much much more.

Monday, back to work and school, and Toni has a LOT of work to do, since on her answering machine she left a message saying not to call her until Monday, I am SURE her phone was ringing off of the hook. I got almost all the way done with CBJLS pics last night, and they are uploading now. Now on to the Othello pictures. Kaine and Kade had Jr High practice and Grid Kids practice, I told them I did not know if professional football players had that many hrs of practice a day. Jaxsen just had Grid Kids practice. Toni, Anna and Kade worked on halter breaking Peach, Pine and Peter Pan.  We are gearing up to start shipping foals to their new homes. We have been updating our foals dos and don’ts and it has its own tab on the website so people can access it whenever they want.

Tuesday was a regular day, normal practice, normal chores, nothing too exciting. Then in the afternoon Anna called and said that the school notified her she had been exposed to covid so she needed a ride home. Toni went in and got her. On their way out of town, the school called Toni’s phone and Kade was also kicked out of school due to a covid exposure. So Toni gets two of the kids home for 10 days. I am sure by the end of it they will want to go back to school. Toni, Anna and Kade worked on halter breaking Peach, Pine and Peter Pan. Peach and Peter Pan are out of Jackpot. This is our first foal crop with Jackpot, so we are getting a good feel for his foals. We had quite a few out of him. So far they have been level headed and very pressure sensitive.

Wednesday was mom and dad’s anniversary, happy anniversary mom and dad. Mom had a Dr appt in Spokane, so that was a fun anniversary. Kaine had a football game in Othello, so I went to that. They got stomped by Othello. However, half of our team is out on quarantine, so we had 7/8 grade team playing an 8th grade and had 2 kids for subs, so most of the kids played the entire game. But we had fun. Kaine and I stopped at the Pizza Factory and brought pizza home. Toni, Anna and Kade had begun working on some fence upgrades. Toni doesn’t count that as “new” fence, it is just upgrading fence that is already in. They put in enough work that they ran out of lagbolts. Then after the fencing project they worked on halter breaking Peach, Pine and Peter Pan. Kade and Anna had also started halter breaking the steers we have in for 2022 since they are home.

Thursday Kade became a teenager, Happy birthday Kade.  Toni, Kade, Anna, Mom, Whitney, and Marlo went to lunch at the Brunswick because Kade wanted a burger for his birthday. Whitney also brought him balloons and candy, two of his favorite things. Anna got to drive around Othello for more driving practice.  Then in the afternoon Kade and Anna saddled up their project horses and messed around with them. The other two boys had an extra-long practice again with both Grid Kids and Jr High. They were exhausted after. Kade and Anna have been busy all week halter breaking the steers for the November 6th show in Moses Lake. Ryan Rash will be the judge and we are very excited. Toni, Anna and Kade worked on halter breaking Peach, Pine and Peter Pan.

Friday there was not any practice, the boys were all exhausted. Marlo came to help with chores, so Toni made her come in and help with the foals so they could get used to someone else.  Peter Pan has a little bit of stranger danger so we are working to get him over that. Peach has no danger. Nothing upsets her or spooks her, unless you want her to do something she doesn’t want to do. She is kind of spoiled. Pine is in between. The other 4 kids did chores.  Then Anna went out on her first “real” date. Everyone was at my house to meet poor Logan when he came to pick her up. But he was a good sport.

                Saturday Anna and Kaine worked on the heifers and steers. Toni, Kade, Jaxsen and I went down and let Peter Pan back out. We let Hottie out with the old horses, she is still eating the experimental meds for her sarcoids. We fixed the gate on the pen Hottie was in so that it swings both ways again. We put Peach and Pine in her pen and got the next 4 in to halter break, No Foolin, Gunz, Chic and Sage. We haltered them and then Toni, Kade and Jaxsen went into Jaxsen’s game. I went home and the kids and I had lunch. Then I went out and checked the cows while they continued working. Kaine and I went into his game and I picked up mom and Skip on the way. Leslie, Whitney, Traci, Marlo, Savannah and Kayla all came in and watched him. Kayla and Savannah cheered Kaino on.  Toni, Kade, and Anna did chores and worked on the foals.

Sunday we tattooed and branded the heifers. We sorted out the keep heifers and the feeder heifers, which is hard. The heifers all look really really good. At lunch we had Kade and dad’s birthday party, and had papa murphy’s pizza and apple cobbler (thanks Mom). Then we had someone out to look at Shi and the foals we have left. Next we caught a couple of mares and hauled them out and brought Tulip the donkey down to help with halter breaking.  Tulip was scary to some of the foals, but the Gunner foals (except Dual) all wanted to chase her. The sign of a great cow horse is the need to chase things.  Gen also wanted to chase Tulip. We are hopeful that Tulip is going to be helpful with the halter breaking. We have already been using her on the calves and she is pretty cool to watch.

Fall time means cattle sales. We have quite a few cattle sales that we are going to in order to try and get the three older kids some really competitive show heifers and jackpot steers.  So between weaning, halter breaking, football, training, and regular ranch work we are also trying to make sure we don’t let a good buy slip by us. The kids are also showing heifers and steers that we have raised, so there are lots of cattle in the show pen.